.The Masters of Educational Technology program at Michigan State University has introduced multiple concepts that will forever impact my teaching and outlook on life. Universal Design for Learning is a concept that reinforces that distributing knowledge and learning does not have to come in a one size fits all model. As technology is constantly evolving, it is providing education with multiple ways to integrate in the classroom. There are three principles embedded within Universal Design for Learning philosophy.
The first is redesigning the way that knowledge is distributed to the learners. This can trigger a different learning style, increase engagement, or provide another lens for the learner to view the knowledge with. The ability to learn is not equal, our job as educators is to find ways to make it more equitable for all. The second component of the UDL principle is Action and expression. If students are provided multiple ways to express that they have learned the knowledge this can also break down barriers. Finally the last component is engagement. If someone is not engaged with the knowledge they will have trouble with intrinsic motivation and comprehension.
Recently, I had the opportunity to guest host a webinar with the Kent ISD professional development webinar series. My topic was utilizing apps both in Chrome and IOS to decrease barriers and support UDL principles. Feel free to check out my presentation via this link.
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